Steam Around York and the East Riding by Mike Hitches

Steam Around York and the East Riding by Mike Hitches

Published in 2012 by Amberley Publishing. ISBN 9781848684447. Price £16.99

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This 160 paperback is packed with information about steam trains in the York and Yorkshire East Riding area, and covers the subject in fine detail. The book is split into various different lines starting with (i) York and then others, such as (ii) The Hull and Selby Railway, (iii) Hull, (iv) the Hull to Bridlington line, (v) the Hull to Doncaster line, (vi) Other Branch Lines (such as Driffield and Market Weighton), (vii) The Withernsea Branch Line, (viii) The Hornsea Branch Line and then a brief look at some of the locomotives at the National Railway Museum.

There are a large number of photos of the various locomotives and a helpful list of the York Train Station shed codes. Sadly many of the lines featured in the book have long disappeared, some of which were doomed long before the Beeching Cuts in the 1960s because of their low usage levels.

The book is recommended both for reference and for light reading, and is especially interesting given the range of photographs in the book. Photos of York railway station are reasonably common in books, but this book features a much wider range, including some more rarely seen stations, some of which have now gone. The main strength of this title however really is the description of the locomotives themselves and the work they did in both transporting passengers to the seaside as well as moving some much freight around.

Overall, this is a recommended title, which does so much to help relive the old steam railways.